Every Wednesday I participate in “Yarn Along”, a link-up run by Ginny over at Small Things where we share what we are knitting and reading this week. Head over to the Small Things blog to see what other bloggers are sharing!
This cross-stitch has taken over my life! I haven’t knitted a stitch since Saturday. It is all cross-stitch, all the time around here, which is going to make running out of that light red short of finishing a very frustrating experience. Never mind though, I’m getting such enjoyment out of this it doesn’t matter. I’m catching up on the 4th season of Call the Midwife while I stitch, which fits in nicely with Ginny’s post this week (she is reading the second of the Call the Midwife books).
As for reading, I’m just finishing up Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede. I’ve read the book before and its one of my favourites. Wrede writes a lot of alternative history, and Thirteenth Child is the first of three she wrote set in an alternative post-Civil War America. In her version magic is real and used in daily life; there are also highly dangerous magical and mundane creatures that have made settling the American continent extremely difficult. As a result, the settlers put up a huge Barrier along the Mississippi (I think that’s the river she means, she uses a different name in the book) and most of the book deals with crossing the Barrier and dealing with the creatures on the other side. It’s a fun book, with great world development and I’ve enjoyed re-reading it. The main character is Eff, and the first book deals with her childhood until about age 18, so it would be the perfect young adult book for any kid or teenager who loves magic, fantasy, history and adventure. The second and third book are heavier on the adventure side than this first one, though.